June 15th, 2016
Heed The Warning of Spiritual Destitution
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. (Luke 16:22-25 KJV)
These verses are rich in evidence concerning the existence of both heaven and hell.
First, it solidly substantiates that there is a both a heaven and hell.
Secondly, it describes the utterly deplorable conditions found in Hell, and likewise demonstrates the safety and peace to be found in fellowship with God in eternity.
Third, it gives weight or eternal credence to the coming judgement and lasting punishment of anyone who chooses to live in enmity to things of God by choosing to not possess a personal relationship with Him. Alternately it provides eternal confidence to those who have placed their faith in God and enjoy fellowship with Him; both now and forevermore.
Fourth, it serves as a dire warning for those who have not chosen to live in personal spiritual fellowship with God while sojourning on this earth. Once man leaves this world, either upon his physical death or at the return of Christ, it is then too late to seek a relationship with God in the eternal realm. The time is now to seek God and the need is urgent for those who are existing spiritually dead and doomed in this world. Tomorrow may be too late.